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In Criminal Defense Victim Restitution is Not Punishment, but it Sure Feels Like it! #CriminalAttorney

ne of the fundamental principles of our criminal justice system is that one person should never be punished for the misdeeds of another. As a result, if an eighteen-year-old gets drunk and smashes several car windows with a...more

7/17/2014 - Criminal Defense Restitution

Do the Police Need a Warrant to Get My Blood? #ArizonaDUIAttorney

As an Arizona DUI attorney, I routinely represent clients whose blood has been taken without their permission. In some cases, the police officers have obtained a telephonic search warrant. In other cases, the officers simply...more

7/17/2014 - Blood Tests DUI Search Warrant

Can Prosecutors Prohibit Legal Medication? #CriminalDefense

Whenever an individual is placed on supervised felony probation, his or her probation terms are always set out in writing. Although the wording varies slightly from county to county, without fail, there is always a specific...more

6/3/2014 - Appeals Conflicts of Laws Marijuana Medical Marijuana Prescription Drugs Probation

Are Jurors Entitled to Have a Conscience? #CriminalDefense

Jury nullification occurs whenever a criminal jury’s collective conscience is troubled by what is deemed to be an unjust law or a truly unique set of circumstances that justify ignoring the law. In such rare cases, the jury...more

6/2/2014 - Juror Jury Trial Jury Verdicts

Sometimes… Your Silence Can Convict You #CriminalDefense

Americans do not need to be taught in school that we have the right to remain silent. With the surplus of cop shows on TV, the past couple of generations have grown up hearing the famous Miranda warnings multiple times each...more

5/30/2014 - Fifth Amendment Miranda Warnings Right to Remain Silent

Arizona Criminal Cases Subject to Forensic Error

Three months ago, a man was released from a Phoenix prison after serving 42 years for the murders of 29 people – murders we now know he did not commit. In fact, he may have actually been a hero, with witnesses saying...more

7/31/2013 - Death Penalty

Can you "stand your ground" in Arizona?

As an Arizona criminal defense attorney in Mesa, I have found it interesting how the George Zimmerman trial has created a national debate about the wisdom of so-called "stand your ground" laws. Many states have enacted such...more

7/22/2013 - George Zimmerman Gun Laws Local Ordinance Self-Defense Stand Your Ground Laws Trayvon Martin Shooting

Can Arizona Cops Seize my Medical Marijuana?

Under Arizona law, police officers are vested with authority to immediately seize illegal drugs, including marijuana. Pursuant to A.R.S. §13-3413(C), seized drugs are then “summarily forfeited” which means that they are never...more

3/1/2013 - Marijuana Medical Marijuana Search & Seizure

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